When people learn just how in to music I am, often they ask the unanswerable question, “what’s your favorite band?”, “who’s your favorite artist?”, etc. Usually I make some sort of non-answer and talk about a song I’m really excited about at the time. But I have to say, more and more I think that Jhameel has become my favorite artist around. His music is endlessly creative, quirky, and addictive. His music is socially aware and his message is one of love over all. If none of that wows you, note that he has impressive linguistic skills in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Russian. This would have made him very valuable to the US Army, where he was once on his way toward becoming an officer, but he left due to the beliefs he holds about the U.S. presence in the Middle East. But I think what always sells it for me is his drop-dead gorgeous voice. Not to mention a very sweet smile.
I can’t recall ever fanboy-ing quite this hard before. If you follow the blog, you already know some of his songs, including, “White Lie“, “The Human Condition“, “Are You Free“, “Come and Lie“, and “Lost One“, among others. Jhameel is currently ramping up to release his new album “Lion’s Den”, and I am beside myself in anticipation. Here’s one of his album previews, showcasing two songs, “Warfield” and “Feisty”. Even these 40 second samples demonstrate the range of his style and creativity.
On top of all these wonderful qualities, Jhameel is a conscientious independent artist and releases most of his music free of charge as well as in retailers like iTunes and Amazon. To release his new album, promote it well, and set up a good tour, Jhameel needs a sizeable chunk of change, which would normally be provided by a music label. To that end he’s started a Kickstarter, and is well on his way to his goal of $10,000. I’ve already chipped in and hope that everyone who finds his music compelling can chip in too. Even one dollar is enough to help him on his way.
If those tiny song clips left you wanting more, I can help with that. “Foundation” is a song off of Jhameel’s “Dance” EP. You can hear how far Jhameel’s production has progressed from this to Lion’s Den. The simple, chipper, synth line drives this song forward as Jhameel’s vocals soar above for the hook and dance about them while singing a mantra of inner strength. It’s sweet, dance-y, and hopeful. Enjoy!
Foundation – Jhameel / Or from SoundCloud / Or from iTunes
And here’s a song that showcases a much more acoustic and emotional side to Jhameel. “Androgynous” is pure poetry addressing the flack he has received for not espousing a traditionally masculine personal image. His lyrics are beautiful and worth really thinking about. To represent this unity he sings the the verses in unison with a female voice as lovely as his and in the chorus they answer each other in call and response. The instrumental matches the gentleness with guitar and plucked and bowed strings. Enjoy it and please seriously consider supporting Jhameel.
Androgynous – Jhameel / Or from SoundCloud / Or from iTunes